Courtesy: ISU Athletics
Women’s Basketball Gameday Central: ISU Hosts Eastern Illinois On Friday Night
Courtesy:ISU Athletics
Release:11/07/2012
Danny Pfrank
GoSycamores.com
 

The Indiana State women's basketball team opens up their 2012-13 season on Friday, Nov. 9, when the Sycamores host the Eastern Illinois Panthers inside Hulman Center at 7:05 p.m.

The game can be heard live on WIBQ 98.5 FM and on the Nelligan Sports Marketing Radio Network as Brent Holl and Jimmy Kendall cover all the action on the court. Fans can also watch the game live online at GoSycamores.com through SycamoreVision with a premium subscription.


Indiana State will look to continue their recent success at home against Eastern Illinois and in home openers, as the Sycamores carry impressive streaks in both categories into the game on Friday. ISU has won 10 consecutive games against EIU inside Hulman Center, a streak that dates back to the 1992-93 season. In home openers, the Sycamores have won nine of their last 10 matchups, including a string of three-straight victories.


Four Sycamores went into double-figures against the Panthers last season, including junior Anna Munn and sophomore Natasha Zurek both posting 13 points in EIU's 75-60 victory.


A Little History - Eastern Illinois
Friday's game will be the 57th meeting between Indiana State and Eastern Illinois, two schools separated by just 50 miles. Indiana State leads the all-time series by a 33-23 margin, as the Panthers are the most common opponent for the Sycamores outside of the MVC. Dating back to the 1992-93 season, Indiana State has won 17 of the last 19 matchups, including 10 consecutive games inside Hulman Center.


Scouting The Panthers
Eastern Illinois went 22-9 during the 2011-12 season, finishing in second place in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 13-3 league record. The Panthers earned a spot in the Postseason WNIT, falling on the road at Texas Tech in the opening game of the tournament. Heading into this season, EIU was picked to finish in second place in the West Division of the OVC, while seniors Ta'Kenya Nixon, Mariah King and Sydney Mitchell earned Preseason All-OVC honors. Eastern Illinois carried one of the best scoring offenses in the country last season, as the Panthers ranked 27th nationally by averaging 71.7 points per game.


Game-by-Game - Eastern Illinois
Below is a quick look at the last 10 games between Indiana State and Eastern Illinois.


Nov. 28, 2001 at Eastern Illinois - W, 77-63             Nov. 28, 2007 at Eastern Illinois - W, 85-76

Dec. 30, 2002 at Indiana State - W, 82-57               Dec. 19, 2008 at Indiana State - W, 64-51
Dec. 30, 2003 at Eastern Illinois - W, 81-70             Dec. 12, 2009 at Eastern Illinois - W, 65-63
Nov. 24, 2004 at Indiana State - W, 83-56               Dec. 8, 2010 at Indiana State - W, 59-50
Nov. 21, 2006 at Indiana State - W, 102-86             Dec. 10, 2011 at Eastern Illinois - L, 60-75

Season Openers
Dating back to the 1982-83 season, the Sycamores are 14-16 in their season openers. Indiana State has won their last three season openers dating back to the 2008-09 season, picking up wins over Kansas State (77-73), Furman (59-36) and Detroit (64-62). Last season, the Sycamores defeated Detroit, 64-62, in their opening game of the Preseason WNIT on Nov. 11.


Game-by-Game - Season Openers
Below is a quick look at the last 10 season openers for Indiana State.


Nov. 22, 2002 at Akron - W, 87-59                          Nov. 11, 2007 vs. Ark.-Pine Bluff - W, 89-55

Nov. 22, 2003 vs. North Texas - L, 73-86                 Nov. 15, 2008 at Central Michigan - L, 83-84
Nov. 19, 2004 at Miami (Ohio) - L, 59-62                 Nov. 14, 2009 at Kansas State - W, 77-73
Nov. 11, 2005 vs. Chattanooga - W, 74-53               Nov. 12, 2010 vs. Furman - W, 59-36
Nov. 15, 2006 at Iowa - L, 83-88                            Nov. 11, 2011 vs. Detroit - W, 64-42

Home Openers
Dating back to the 1982-83 season, the Sycamores are 21-9 in their home openers. Indiana State has been even better in recent years, winning nine of their last 10 and 16 of their last 20 in their first game of the season in Terre Haute. Last season, the Sycamores defeated Detroit, 64-62, in their opening game of the Preseason WNIT on Nov. 11.


Game-by-Game - Home Openers
Below is a quick look at the last 10 home openers for Indiana State.


Nov. 26, 2002 vs. Western Illinois - W, 73-47          Nov. 11, 2007 vs. Ark.-Pine Bluff - W, 89-55

Nov. 28, 2003 vs. Wright State - W, 102-52             Nov. 19, 2008 vs. Marquette - L, 53-77
Nov. 24, 2004 vs. Eastern Illinois - W, 83-56            Nov. 24, 2009 vs. SEMO - W, 72-28
Nov. 11, 2005 vs. Chattanooga - W, 74-53               Nov. 12, 2010 vs. Furman - W, 59-36
Nov. 21, 2006 vs. Eastern Illinois - W, 102-86          Nov. 11, 2011 vs. Detroit - W, 64-42

Dominant At Home
Thanks to the home-court advantage of Hulman Center, the Sycamores have been dominant in Terre Haute over the past 10 seasons. Since the 2002-03 season, ISU has played 133 games inside Hulman Center, coming away with victories on 103 occasions.


Under 61
Indiana State is 24-2 when holding their opposition under 61 points in their two seasons with head coach Teri Moren, including a 12-2 mark last season. During MVC games, ISU is 12-1 under head coach Moren when teams score 60 points or fewer. When teams go over 60 points against ISU in the last two seasons, the Sycamores are 7-30.


Nonconference Winners
Indiana State will be looking for their fourth straight season of finishing nonconference play at the .500 mark or above, after accomplishing the feat in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. The Sycamores have 11 nonconference games on their schedule this season, with six inside Hulman Center and five on the road.


Top 40
Indiana State ranked 37th nationally in three-point field-goal percentage last season, knocking down 34.2% (194-for-568) of their shots from beyond the arc in 2011-12. Deja Mattox (.438, 49-for-112) and junior Anna Munn (.381, 53-for-139) led the charge for ISU, as Mattox led the league and Munn placed fifth in the conference, respectively.


Dishing It Out
Senior Taylor Whitley has racked up 277 assists in her three seasons at Indiana State, ranking 11th in ISU history. The ISU senior has a chance to move up the ISU ranks quickly, needing just two more assists to break into the Top 10. JoDee Rigel (278 -- 1977-81) is 10th at ISU in career assists, with ninth place being held by Barbara Graves (280 -- 1979-83) and eighth place going to Tracy Johnson (282 -- 1978-82).


On A Good Pace: Part I
Senior Taylor Whitley enters the 2012-13 season with 775 career points, needing to average 7.5 points per game in her senior season to become the 26th member of the 1,000 Point Club at Indiana State. The Geneva, Ill., product averaged 7.6 points per game as a freshman and 12.1 points per game as a sophomore before totaling a 7.5 points per game average as a junior following an early-season knee injury.


On A Good Pace: Part II
Junior Anna Munn has knocked down 97 three-pointers in her two seasons at Indiana State, a pace that puts the junior guard on her way to enter the Top 10 in the career rankings. Munn is just 26 threes away from 10th place, held by Georgia Bottoms (123 -- 1993-98). The Indianapolis native knocked 53 three-pointers last season, ranking second on the team.


Stepping Up In Valley Play
After scoring just 11 points in nine games during the nonconference season, sophomore Racheal Mahan stepped up her game during MVC play. In ISU's 18 league games last season, the Mansfield, Ohio, native averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.


Replacing A Big Three
Indiana State will look to replace the scoring of Deja Mattox, Brittany Schoen and Shannon Thomas this season, three Sycamores that finished their careers in 2011-12 as members of the 1,000 Point Club. ISU also replaced three 1,000-point scorers following the 2005-06 season, going 19-11 overall and 12-6 in the MVC that season.


Tough Competition
Last season, the Sycamores hold the second-best strength of schedule ranking among teams in the MVC, playing the 90th toughest schedule in the country. Of Indiana State's 12 nonconference opponents, six entered their league tournament as one of the top three seeds.


Money At The Line
Junior Anna Munn hit 22 consecutive free-throws to start the MVC season last year, going without a miss at the charity stripe from Dec. 22 through Feb. 24. Munn led the team last season by shooting 91.4% (53-for-58) at the line and has missed just 21 free-throws in her first two seasons at Indiana State (103-for-124, 83.1%).


Sycamores Tabbed Seventh In MVC Preseason Poll
In the annual preseason poll voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and a media panel from around the Missouri Valley Conference, the Indiana State women's basketball team has been picked seventh in the league heading into the 2012-13 season as announced by the league office today (Oct. 29).


The Creighton Bluejays, the 2012 MVC Tournament champions, were picked to win the league this season, receiving 26 of the 40 first-place votes and 382 points. Wichita State (12 first-place votes, 347 points), Illinois State (two first-place votes, 323 points), Northern Iowa (272 points) and Missouri State (265 points) round out the top-half of the league.


Bradley (144), Indiana State (135), Southern Illinois (123), Drake (121) and Evansville (119) complete the poll, as just 25 points separated sixth place and 10th place in the preseason standings.


Creighton junior Carli Tritz was named the Preseason Player of the Year and was joined on the Preseason All-MVC Team by Wichita State senior guard Jessica Diamond, Northern Iowa senior guard Jacqui Kalin, Illinois State senior guard Jamie Russell and Missouri State senior forward Christiana Shorter. In the annual preseason poll voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and a media panel from around the Missouri Valley Conference, the Indiana State women's basketball team has been picked seventh in the league heading into the 2012-13 season as announced by the league office today (Oct. 29).


The Creighton Bluejays, the 2012 MVC Tournament champions, were picked to win the league this season, receiving 26 of the 40 first-place votes and 382 points. Wichita State (12 first-place votes, 347 points), Illinois State (two first-place votes, 323 points), Northern Iowa (272 points) and Missouri State (265 points) round out the top-half of the league.


Bradley (144), Indiana State (135), Southern Illinois (123), Drake (121) and Evansville (119) complete the poll, as just 25 points separated sixth place and 10th place in the preseason standings.


Creighton junior Carli Tritz was named the Preseason Player of the Year and was joined on the Preseason All-MVC Team by Wichita State senior guard Jessica Diamond, Northern Iowa senior guard Jacqui Kalin, Illinois State senior guard Jamie Russell and Missouri State senior forward Christiana Shorter.


The Sycamores open their 2012-13 season with an exhibition matchup this Friday night in Terre Haute, hosting Bellarmine at 7:05 p.m. The regular season begins next Friday, Nov. 9, as Indiana State hosts Eastern Illinois inside Hulman Center at 7:05 p.m.


Head coach Teri Moren enters her third season in charge of the women's basketball program, welcoming five newcomers on the court and four assistant coaches on the bench this season. Senior Taylor Whitley and junior Anna Munn highlight the returnees for the Sycamores.


Mahan, Munn Pace Sycamores Over Knights
Junior Anna Munn scored a game-high 14 points and sophomore Rachael Mahan added a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Sycamores scored a 51-39 exhibition victory over Bellarmine in front of 2,055 fans inside Hulman Center on Friday, Nov. 2.


Munn connected on four three-pointers in the game to score her 14 points and added five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 33 minutes of action. Mahan made the most of her 32 minutes by scoring 13 points and pulling down 13 rebounds while adding six blocked shots and five steals.


On To The Next One...
Indiana State plays their only Monday game of the 2012-13 season when the team hits the court next, hosting Marshall inside Hulman Center on Monday, Nov. 12. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. against the Thundering Herd.

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